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Future Hits 170: Shrine

March 31st, 2014

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Shrine
From: Brighton, UK
Lazy equation: Oceansize + Mastodon
URLs: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Thrash Hits verdict: As with pretty much all new bands, they formed from the ashes of a couple of bands from within the same local scene and Shrine did just that. With drummer, Liam Kearley and bassist, Andrew Gosden putting the band together with Joe Gosney, guitarist and today’s interview subject, they started putting music together. When Will Gardner’s band, Lithurgy parted ways, he added vocals. The result is a proggy, math riff-oriented mix of rock and metal that knows how long to linger on the melodies and when to descend into darker, sludgier ways. They’re releasing a new EP on 07 April 2014 but we’re streaming it below. Listen to it.

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Live: Meshuggah vs The Devin Townsend Project @ London Brixton Academy – 03 May 2013

May 7th, 2013

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Having headlined the Roundhouse in October, Devin Townsend returns to London in this special one-off show with Meshuggah. It’s the Swedish djent masters’ first UK show since Hevy Festival last summer and tonight’s all set up to be a progressive metal showdown between two of the finest around at the moment. Let’s do this.

Pre-gig meal: Nando’s. Half chicken (medium) with corn, rice and halloumi.

6 things we learnt during Brixton’s prog metal masterclass…

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Live: Carpathia + Bleeding Oath @ London Camden The Unicorn – 27 January 2012

February 6th, 2012

A couple of Friday nights ago, we demolished every character-staining suspicion that we were having a “Sober January” in the Unicorn in Camden. There were also a couple of bands playing – Carpathia and Bleeding Oath – so we got our man Von to write about them.

Six things we learned while trying to get our noggins round this noodling prog metal extravaganza

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Album: Vildhjarta – Måsstaden

November 17th, 2011

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Vildhjarta
Måsstaden
Century Media Records
28 November 2011

by Vincent Danger

Isn’t “djent” over yet? Apparently not. While there are those such as Periphery and TesseracT who are leading the way with Meshuggah-inspired riffs and huge, soaring melodic vocals, there are bands like Vildhjarta who believe that tech metal should be as brutal as it possibly can be btu also a beautiful as possible. Luckily, they’re pretty good at doing that.

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #3b – To tour is to FAIL. Repeatedly

May 31st, 2011

After the first part of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith‘s recollection of the more musical and work-based exploits while on tour across America, the second details every single one of the band’s fuck ups and fails along the way. Some mothers do ‘ave ’em…

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The show must go on… A tour is never without its problems, however this one has been particularly plagued by bad luck and stupidity. When stuff goes wrong you just have to deal with it, laugh and carry on no matter how serious.

Here are our Thirteen Fails in chronological order:

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #2 – A Djentlemen’s Guide to SxSW

April 4th, 2011

After the awesomeness of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith‘s first column about Djent and self-indulgence, he checks in from on the road – the prog-metallers are currently on their second US tour – with his second column all about how to party hard at South By South West

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Sitting on the washing machine in a launderette is a great place to be when on tour. With no Wi-Fi and the mellowing rumble of the drums, it’s a serene place to reflect on times past, and what a crazy week I’ve just had. I’m at the start of the TesseracT tour with Protest The Hero and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster which is awesome, and I’ve just come from Austin, Texas and the South By South West festival.

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Album: TesseracT – One

March 28th, 2011

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TesseracT
One
Century Media Records
21 March 2011

by Raziq Rauf

After signing to the American office of major indie label, Century Media last year, this resolutely British quintet has been as busy on both sides of the Atlantic. After a low-key release in 2010, however, TesseracT are hoping to bring their melodic djent sound to as many people as possible with their debut album, One. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s been worth the wait.

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PROTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #1 – Mindful (Non) Self Indulgence

March 1st, 2011

We’re big fans of UK prog metallers, TesseracT. One night, we were out with their guitarist, James Monteith, dousing our insides with whiskey and we thought he had as much crap to say as we do so we asked him if he’d write a column. After we reminded him the next morning afternoon, he agreed again. Here it is. He’s kicking off with explanations, complaints and shit jokes. Class.

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Hello, I’m James and I play guitar in prog metal – or as we’re more commonly called – “djent” band Tesseract.

First off, let’s get the djent thing out of the way, which I guess I must address, given the column name. There’s a lot of division in our community of bands and critics about this word, whether it’s: truely representative of the overall sound; a gimmick, or just plain stupid.

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